The 10 Best 6 x 9 Inch Car Speakers

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This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in August of 2018. Deciding on the best car speakers is usually a pretty subjective judgement call, but it's generally agreed that many stock car stereos can benefit from an upgraded set. Furthermore, a fresh pair is a great way to revamp a system that is damaged or was made using older and less efficient technology. These are some of the best all-around 6x9-inch models suitable for a range of budgets. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Infinity REF-9623ix

2. Morel Maximo Ultra

3. Rockford Fosgate R169X3

Editor's Notes

May 22, 2020:

Speakers, especially those for car stereos, can be a pretty personal decision, but some brands and models definitely stand out. We compared capabilities, mounting depth, and materials to reach our conclusions here, and we also took into account user experiences over a wide cross-section of owners, because with such a massive number of options to choose from, there's no reason to waste your time and money on those with less-than-stellar quality control. In addition, we focused on coaxial configurations for this wiki because, generally speaking, if you're in the market for and willing to go through the extra work of installing component speakers, it's likely you have a significantly more focused set of requirements.

That said, there are two broad categories of aftermarket speakers, though they do have a ton of overlap. Some, such as the Rockford Fosgate R169X3 and JVC CS-J6930, are designed as both affordable and reliable. If you're on a strict budget and not concerned with installing a high-powered amp, it's tough to do better than both of those choices. At the far opposite end of the spectrum are the CDT CL-69S, which are expensive enough to ward off all but dedicated enthusiasts. Slightly less expensive, but still on the high end, are the Morel Maximo Ultra and Alpine S-S69, as well as the NVX VSP69, which aren't too costly and pair well with mid-level amplifiers because they don't go too low, nor are they intended to.

But, again, there's a decent amount of overlap between the high- and low-end categories. Models like the Pioneer TS-A6990F, JBL GTO939, and especially the Infinity REF-9623ix don't cost a fortune yet are still capable of accommodating both OEM and aftermarket amplifiers, so if you want new speakers now but might upgrade your head unit or amp later, consider any of those three. We also included the Memphis PRXS69 as a high-fidelity option for those whose door wells can't accommodate the deep profiles of many aftermarket 6 X 9 speakers.

Special Honors

Hybrid Audio Technologies Imagine While not incredibly well-known, this high-end line of speakers is a favorite among power users. They claim to outperform models that cost three times as much, and what's certain is that the're a big step up from what's built into most OEM stereo systems.

RE Audio Component Systems If you're intent on installing high-end, custom audio in your ride, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than RE Audio. We'd specifically recommend their XXX 6 X 9 model for larger vehicles, and especially for use with high-powered amps, as they can push an impressive 240 watts continuously for as long as you can power them.

4. NVX VSP69

5. CDT CL-69S

6. JBL GTO939

7. Alpine S-S69

8. Memphis PRXS69

9. JVC CS-J6930

10. Pioneer TS-A6990F

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